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Everything To Know About Studying In Canada



Everything To Know About Studying In Canada

Studying in Canada is not only a great experience that will leave you with a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional qualification. It’s an investment: an investment in your future and can be for your loved ones too.

Canada is not only the third most popular study destinations in the world but also has one of the most diverse student populations, with students originating from over 186 nations to study in Canada.

Today, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education, there are over 642,000 foreign students in Canada and nearly 54,000 international students who have stayed on after graduating from a university or college in Canada.

93% of international students have said that they enjoyed their time spent studying in Canada with almost 87% reporting that it has also has helped them prepare to find a job in Canada.

When asked why they chose Canada over any other study destination abroad, the top 5 reasons were:


  • Quality of Education;
  • The Prestige of a Canadian Qualification;
  • Availability of Courses;
  • Tolerance and Non-Discriminatory; and
  • Safety.

The opportunity that a Canadian qualification will give you is priceless but how much will it cost you? Let’s take a closer look at how much it will be to study in Canada so that you can plan ahead and budget for the year ahead.

  • Tuition Fees;
  • University Applications Fees;
  • Visa/Study Permit Fees; and
  • Average Cost of Living.

How Much Does it Cost to Study in Canada?

Tuition Fees

Your annual tuition fees will vary depending on location, which programs you choose and which of the many amazing colleges or universities in Canada you decide to enrol at. According to Statistics Canada, you can expect to pay anywhere between an average $29,714 for undergraduates programs and $17,744 CAD for postgraduate programs per year, while MBA programs average at about $27,397 annually. Below is what you can expect to pay for an undergraduate and MBA in 2019/2020 based on your chosen program or field of study:


Average Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2019/2020
Field Of StudyCAD
Veterinary medicine7,878
Mathematics, computer and information sciences6,851
Business, management and public administration6,827
Physical and life sciences and technologies6,056
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness5,867
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies5,770
Personal, protective and transportation services5,708
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation5,601
Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies5,544
Average MBA Tuition Fees 2019/2020
Field Of StudyCAD
Executive master of business administration (MBA)56,328
Regular MBA27,397
Business, management and public administration13,252
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness8,270
Mathematics, computer and information sciences7,990
Physical and life sciences and technologies6,717
Social and behavioural sciences, and legal studies5,794
Personal, protective and transportation services5,542
Agriculture, natural resources and conservation5,516
Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies5,178
Veterinary medicine4,508


University Applications Fees

Annual fees to enrol at universities in Canada

To enrol at a college or university in Canada you will need to pay admission fees for the processing of your application. This, of course, varies from institution to institution but on average you can expect to pay anywhere between $100 to $500, however, there are a few that don’t charge an admission fee. Below are five universities that don’t charge admissions fees for international students:

  • Royal Roads University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University;
  • Quest University;
  • Booth University;
  • The University of Winnipeg.

It is important to note that this fee is nonrefundable which means that whether or not you get accepted you will not be able to get a refund once you have submitted your application.

Visa/Study Permit Fees

Your Visa or study permit is the document that allows you to study in Canada. This is different from your visa that allows you to enter Canada however when you apply for your study permit, you will automatically be granted a temporary travel visa. Your Canada study permit will cost $150.

As an international student, you will be able to work on or off-campus for 20 hours a week off-campus without a work permit. If you would like to apply for an additional work permit it will cost you $155. This is of course optional.

Average Cost of Living

Most international students don’t take into account how much they could be spending on accommodation and food. Once again this depends on which city and province you’re situated in but you should budget for around $10,000 to $15,500 CAD. According to Neuvoo, on average you can expect to pay:


Average Cost of Living for Students in 2019/2020
Annual ExpensesCAD/Year
On-Campus Accommodation$3,000 – $7,500
Private Shared Accommodation8,400 (excluding bills)
Health Insurance$6,00 – $800
Extra CostsCAD
Basic Utilities per month$158.77
1 min prepaid mobile tariff (local)$0.36
Internet per month(60mbps or more, unlimited, Cable/ADSL)$76.51
Eating Out at a Restaurant (1 person)$17 -$35
Take-away meal (1 person)$10 -$15
One-Way Ticket on Public Transportation$3.25
Monthly Pass Public Transportation$97
Loaf of Bread$2.90
Bottle of water (1.5l)$2.20
Bottle of wine (mid-range)$15
Bottle of Beer (0.5l)$3.05 – $3.70
Loaf of Bread$2.90
Cinema Ticket$14
Monthly Gym Fees (1 Adult)$50.09
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JAMB Regularization For Candidates Admitted Into Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Distance Learning Undergraduate Programmes



JAMB Regularization For Candidates Admitted Into Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Distance Learning Undergraduate Programmes

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Distance Learning Centre (DLC) management has published the procedure for admitted candidates to regularize their admission with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

JAMB Regularization for Candidates Admitted  into ABU Distance Learning Programmes

All new students are expected to visit the nearest JAMB state office in their state of domicile with their relevant documents of admission to regularize their admissions. This should be done unfailingly immediately after the conclusion of screening and admission before the commencement of their first examination in the Centre.

It should be noted that the above procedure for the regularization can only be done in a state office of JAMB and not in a JAMB CBT accredited Centre. The JAMB presently charged N3,500 for the service. This is without prejudice to any adjustments that may be made by JAMB in the future.

The regularization should be done on the Distance Learning Program platform on the JAMB portal only not on part-time or sandwich platform.

In conclusion of the above procedure and acquisition of a JAMB regularization number, the evidence as provided by JAMB should be submitted to the liaison offices or sent to the Secretary’s office at the Distance Learning Centre’s Headquarters for further processing.

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